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Old 05-03-2005, 09:41 PM   #1
DragoonKongol
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Unhappy Ticket?

I got a Reckless Driving ticket in va and im going to change my tires to throw off the speedometer to get me out of the ticket. does nebody no if i should put bigger or small tires to throw my speedometer off. i was going 78 ina 55 i need it to read as 74 or under. thanx in advanced for your help
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Old 05-03-2005, 11:04 PM   #2
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I got a Reckless Driving ticket in va and im going to change my tires to throw off the speedometer to get me out of the ticket. does nebody no if i should put bigger or small tires to throw my speedometer off. i was going 78 ina 55 i need it to read as 74 or under. thanx in advanced for your help



This is not a legal advice!
My dear friend, the reckless driving ticket has nothing to do, or very little with the speed. Usually, in this case, speeding is just a "prima facie" evidence. Contributive factor but not determinant. Depending on the state you are in, this can be a "misdemeanor"

Most likely, on the issued ticket, LEO wrote other violations like "Unsafe lane change", "Driving over the sholder", "Following to closely", "Driving after drinking (but not drunk)", "Cutting in and out of traffic", and/or other negligent acts.

In Washington state for instance, a such violation of the provision of the paragraf refering to as "Reckless driving" is punishable by imprisonment of not more than one year and by a fine of not more than five thousand dollars.

In Virginia reckless driving are Virginia Criminal Class 1 Misdemeanor charges carrying the possibility of up to one year imprisonment, fines up to $2500 and/or license suspensions.

With some minor differences, you can check your state's legislation, "Reckless Driving" is defined like this:

"Any person who drives any vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving. Violation of the provisions of this section is a gross misdemeanor"



If you would be to contest, you will have to prove that, beside driving at a legal speed, you didn't commit the offences stipulated in the ticket.

I would say, and I am talking for my own personal experience, you go to see a lawyer. If you have a good defence, or a good defence strategy, then dispute it, if not, you can always introduce a "guilty plea" for a lesser charge. But, unless you don't have all the evidences from the prosecution you wouldn't know that.

If lawyer is not an option, you can check you local library and look for case files of "Reckless Driving", study the defence arguments and see which one applies in you particular case

As far as I am concerned, 2 (won) out of 5, "Reckless Driving" cases are very complex and difficult to win - but with the proper education and preparation, not impossible.

Hope this helps.

Good luck! ( you'll need it my friend)
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Old 05-04-2005, 12:54 AM   #3
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in missouri they can give you a reckless drving ticket for driving 20+ over the speed limit, however they wont always do it. they will also give it for what was mentioned in thespecialist post, although they are more likely to find something else to get you for.
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Old 05-04-2005, 01:55 AM   #4
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why the hell were u going 78 in a 55 zone.... he wouldve given u a speeding ticket if u were going to fast but he gave u a reckless driving ticket which means u were doing something else too.... my advice just stay within 10 mph of the speedlimit.

i still dont get how u were going 78 in a 55 zone...
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Old 05-04-2005, 03:15 AM   #5
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why the hell were u going 78 in a 55 zone.... he wouldve given u a speeding ticket if u were going to fast but he gave u a reckless driving ticket which means u were doing something else too.... my advice just stay within 10 mph of the speedlimit.

i still dont get how u were going 78 in a 55 zone...

It's actually not that bad...Here in Atlanta, I-285 (perimeter interstate around Atlanta) is a 55mph interstate but the two right lanes flow of traffic is 65-70mph and two left lanes flow of traffic is 70-75mph. As long as you arent going over 75 you're perfectly fine and dont stand out at all. It all depends on how the flow of traffic is. On I-675 (a short 8 mile interstate) the speed limit is 65 (was 70 but for some reason they changed it to 65...) but it's such a rural interstate that no one is ever on the flow of traffic is EASILY 80-85mph. I go down it going 90mph all the time and some cops pass me up doing 100 (not in pursuit of anything, I've honestly never seen someone pulled over on 675).
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Old 05-04-2005, 01:29 PM   #6
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20+ over the speed limit CAN get you a reckless driving ticket. 20+ over is considered reckless.

Anyway, take it from somebody who has been there, I doubt you will get out of the ticket if you say you had different sized tires on the car and it threw off your spedometer. I supose you may get a fine reduction. They usually do that anyway just for showing up. But I don't know about dropping the "reckless" part. They may not look highly on that and keep that charge anyway.

I tried the same thing. (except I actually had different sized tires on the car when I got the ticket) Even went to a garage that does spedometer checks and took the documentation into court. My speed difference due to the tires would have been enough to put me at the speed limit. However, they gave me the standard reduction and I had to pay the fine and take the points.
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